Cruise to Antarctica - excursion to Paradise Bay

March 6th, 2005

After a two days cruise of the stormy Drake Passage, the ship is now anchored just off the Antarctic peninsula coast. The first zodiac cruise and landing is made among the spectacular landscape of Paradise Bay, near the closed Argentinian station of Almirante Brown, where there is also a nice colony of molting Gentoo penguins.

Antarctica cruise map Drake Passage
After two days cruise of Drake Passage, the cruise ship is getting closer to Antarctica peninsula. Tomorrow will be an expedition day!

 

Paradise Bay - Antarctica
This is the scenery where I wake up during my first day in Antarctica. In the picture a panorama of Paradise Bay along Antarctic peninsula.

 

Zodiac cruise - Antarctica Antarctica glacier
Antarctica glacier Antarctica glacier
Our first zodiac cruise in within Paradise Bay, discovering a world made of ice. In the pictures, a huge Antarctica glacier flowing into the sea.

 

calving glacier calving glacier
Picture of a calving glacier. Suddenly, with a tremendous thunder, a glacier calves an enormous iceberg.

 

leopard seal leopard seal
leopard seal A leopard seal comes closer to the zodiac, perhaps just curious about us.

 

Almirante Brown - Argentina base in Antarctica Almirante Brown - Argentina base in Antarctica
Almirante Brown - Argentina base in Antarctica Almirante Brown - Argentina base in Antarctica
Pictures of the abandoned Argentina base of Almirante Brown in Antarctica.

 

Gentoo penguins colony
In Paradise Bay and around Almirante Brown station, there is a small colony of Gentoo penguins that, in early March, are molting.

 

Molting penguins Molting penguins
Molting penguins Molting penguins
Molting penguins Molting penguins
Photos of molting penguins at Paradise Bay. They are all Gentoo penguins, changing their feathers before the winter comes.

 

Gentoo penguin Gentoo penguin
Pictures of gentoo penguin.

 

Gentoo penguins Gentoo penguin
Gentoo penguin Gentoo penguin
More Gentoo pictures.

 

Paradise Bay - Antarctica Paradise Bay - Antarctica
Paradise Bay - Antarctica I climb a small hill, from where there is a beautiful view all around on the glaciers ending into Paradise Bay.

 

lichen Skua
On the left picture, a lichen growing on a rock. On the right picture: three skuas.

 

After enough time of zodiac cruise and hiking on land, the zodiacs fetch the passengers back to the cruise ship.

 

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